Friday, February 27, 2015

Go Big ! Electric Fabric Cutter Blog Hop

Today it's my turn to share a project using the GO! Big Electric Cutter and the 10" Big Square Die, for the GO! Big Blog Hop...

{Full Disclosure:  Accuquilt sent me the GO! Big Electric Cutter and the 10" Big Square Die, along with some fabulous Downton Abbey Fabric from Andover Fabrics, for this project.} 


Here she is ready to GO! 

I grabbed this little stash of random fabrics that needed to be sorted and organized into my scrap stash.  

One of my goals for the year is to use what I have and finish up all my unfinished projects/works in progress!  {I think sewing with my scraps is my most favorite thing to sew....}

I decided to sew up some super scrappy blocks.  No rhyme or reason, just sew and keep sewing until I had a block a bit larger than 10" .  Each block is different and totally scrappy! 

I found some great scraps in my little stash of odds and ends that tied in perfectly with the Downton Abbey Fabrics! 

I try and keep a few baby quilts on hand. Seems like there are always baby's to give them to. And my baby quilt gift giving shelf was running a bit low on them. So I decided to make 12 - 10" blocks with a border for a scrappy baby quilt..

And this is where the cool part comes in! I used the GO! BIG 10" Square Die to trim my scrappy blocks!  

Once the blocks were a little bigger than 10". I layed them on the 10" Big Square Die and ran them through the Cutter.  

And Wah Lah! 

Perfect Scrappy 10" Squares!

It made sewing the 12 squares together, easy peasy! And I've never trimmed 12 squares that fast before! It. was. AWESOME. 

I added a little aqua flange around the scrappy part of the quilt and a 6" finished border. 

I used 2 1/2" squares from my scrappy odds and ends pile to make the binding. And I love it!

Another quilt on the Baby Quilt Gift Shelf.... Did I mention I love sewing with my scraps?! And using the GO! BIG cutter with the 10" Big Square Die was so cool... I'll totally be doing this again!  In fact, I have a table runner in the works, I'll share with you soon!  
[Using the same technique!}

I was pretty impressed with the new electric version of the GO! Big Cutter.... 

This is what AccuQuilt has to say bout their newest cutter: 

The GO! Big is AccuQuilt’s fastest cutter giving you the ability to cut two 6” wide dies side by side at the same time.  

It is safe and easy to use. 

It maximizes efficiency and alleviates hand and arm strain.  

All GO! Dies can be used in the GO! Big, plus there are 5 NEW GO! BIG dies that are used exclusively with the GO! Big. 

The larger die boards allow you to cut a 12 ½” finished block with just one die.

If you're interested in the cutter or die... You can find them at these links... 

And If you'd like to follow along with the rest of the participants of the GO! BIG Blog Hop... here is the schedule...

Monday Feb. 23rd: Bea Lee - - GO! Big Snails Trail – 12” Finished
Tuesday Feb. 24th – Haley Pierson Cox – The Zen of Making - - GO! Big Circle – 4”, 6”, 7”, 8”
Wednesday Feb. 25th – Lee Monroe - - GO! Big Double Wedding Ring – 12 ½” Finished
Thursday Feb. 26th – Angela Pingel – Cut To Pieces - - GO! Big Churn Dash – 12” Finished
Friday Feb. 27th – Jodi Nelson – Pleasant Home - - GO! Big Square – 10” (9 ½” Finished)
Saturday Feb. 28th – Connie Campbell – Free Motion by the River - - GO! Big Snails Trail – 12” Finished
Sunday March 1st – Sherri McConnell – A Quilting Life - - GO! Big Churn Dash – 12” Finished
Monday March 2nd – Belinda Karls-Nace – Blue Ribbon Designs - - GO! Big Square – 10” (9 ½” Finished)
Tuesday March 3rd - Karen Way – Sew Many Ways - - GO! Big Double Wedding Ring – 12 ½” Finished
Wednesday March 4th – Elizabeth Evans – Simple Simon and Co. - - GO! Big Churn Dash – 12” Finished

Happy Thursday!!! And Happy Sewing !!!


Friday, February 6, 2015

Valentine Candy Cane Lollipops!

This post comes from January 2010! There are tons of variations of this idea out in Blog Land. Just look on Pinterest and you'll see what I mean... But it's still a good one. And just in case you haven't seen them... well.... your welcome. LOL :) 
Hope everyone is having a GREAT week!  

Christmas is packed away. And I've got the bug to get my Valentines goodies out.

I noticed a few boxes of left over Candy Canes at the grocery store the other night, which reminded me of a post I did last year.

Said post just happens to be the No. 1 post of ALL TIME here at Pleasant Home. So I think it's worth sharing again.

{p.s. someone emailed and said they did not have these candy canes where they lived. There are many available on Amazon}

This post Originally posted on Wednesday, January 27, 2010

I had a few of these left over after Christmas.
So I turned them into these; {Easy Peasy!} Lay your Mini Candy Canes on wax paper in the shape of a heart and a Cookie Treat Stick midway into the heart shape.

Melt some White Chocolate or White Chocolate Chips or Wilton Holiday Candy Melts in a Zip Lock baggie (i used a quart size freezer bag, they're heavier) in the Micro-wave. (zap for about 1 minute, knead the bag, zap again, knead, zap, etc. until the chocolate is completely melted with no lumps). Let it cool for a couple minutes, then cut a small tip off the baggie and pipe into the center of the Candy Cane hearts, covering the stick. Sprinkle with your favorite Valentinesy Sprinkles.

Let cool. DO NOT stick them into the freezer or fridge to cool. Your Candy Canes will sweat. Sweating Candy Canes = a mess.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Free Pieced Heart Table Runner for Valentines - Tutorial -

This post is from January 2011... "Free Pieced" quilting was really in then. Not sure if it's still called that? Anywho... It's a fun little table runner and you could totally make different hearts in different sizes and get the similar results!  Happy Sewing !!! ooxx`jodi

Valentines Day is coming! In order to chase away the dark, dreary and wet days here in the Pacific Northwest. I'm sprucing up the home with some Valentine decorations. I was thinking it was time I tried Free Piecing some hearts for a Table Runner, using inspiration from the Free Pieced Pumpkin Table Runner I made a couple years ago. You can find it HERE, and HERE.

Free Pieced Heart Table Runner

Free Pieced Hearts are easy. Here's a little tutorial to help you along. {sorry about the rotten pics. Two words. Need SUN}

Step 1
Start with 2 red squares (these are 1 1/2") and 2 white squares (also 1 1/2")
Step 1

Step 2
Lay the white squares on top of the red squares, right sides together. Draw a diagonal line from one point to the other. Sew on this line.
Step 2

Step 3
Now trim away, leaving a 1/4" seam.
Press open
Step 3

Step 4
Sew together as shown
Here is the V of your heart
Step 4

Step 5
Add the middle your heart by sewing on a piece the same width as the V piece and however long you'd like your heart to be
Step 5

Step 6
Now let's add to the width of your heart. Sew a strip to each side of the middle of the heart, as shown.
Step 6

Step 7
Now for the trimming. This will be the general shape of the heart. I chose to trim this one long and skinny. Sort of like a primitive heart. You could make it shorter and chunkier just by how you trim it.
Step 7

Step 8
Now to add white around the heart to form a quilt block. Add a white piece to the top. The same width as the heart piece.
Step 8

Step 9
Now add the side pieces.
Step 9

Step 10
Press Open
Step 10

Step 11
Lay one of your quilting rulers on top of the heart piece. Try and trim it to a square. This one was almost 6 1/2" square. I trimmed the top pieces and now I know I need two smaller pieces on the bottom to form the square.
Step 11

Step 12
Here you can see I added the two bottom pieces and then trimmed the block to a 6 1/2" square.
Step 12

I added white to each 6 1/2" block to make this Table Runner right around 10" x 33" in overall size.
Free Pieced Heart Table Runner

Here are some close ups of the hearts. Hopefully you can see the seams enough to get a general idea of how I made the different shapes.
Free Pieced Heart

Every heart but the larger middle heart in the Table Runner, started with 1 1/2" squares to form the V.
Free Pieced Heart

I added two squares to either side of the V on this one, then the middle piece, then the bottom piece. Then I trimmed it to a heart shape. Notice I cut the corners of the top of either side of the heart on this one.
Free Pieced Heart

I left the corners on this one.
Free Pieced Heart

Tah Dah. Easy Free Pieced Hearts! Would be cute on Pot Holders, or framed too.
Free Pieced Heart Table Runner


Monday, February 2, 2015

Truffles for Valentines Day

I'm still swamped with some work right now, so I thought I'd share some of my favorite Valentine posts with you this week! 

This is a post from February 2011 - These are so delicious ! My friend Kate made them for a little luncheon we had at her house. The recipe is totally worth another share! 

Happy Monday everyone! And Happy February! 



1 package (8 squares) Bakers Semi-Sweet Chocolate
1 package (8 oz. ) Philadelphia Cream Cheese Softened

Melt 8 Chocolate Squares according to package directions

Beat Cream Cheese until creamy.

Blend Cream Cheese with Chocolate

Refrigerate until firm. (doesn't take very long)

Shape into balls (or use a small cookie scoop like Kate did)

Melt Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

Drizzle / Spoon melted chocolate chips onto top of truffles

Decorate with Sprinkles, nuts, etc.

Add 1 -2 Tsp. of your favorite extract to chocolate mixture before shaping into balls.


Brownie Heart

Need Recipe Conversions?

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Valentine Mug Rug

I'm thrilled and honored to be sharing a fun little mug rug tutorial I made especially for you, for Valentines Day!  {This tutorial is from 2011, but it's such a popular little mug rug, I thought I'd re-post again for you!}

Mug Rug

This little mug rug has a bit of Ric Rac trim to hold a Valentine for that special someone.
Mug Rug

And a cute mini ruffle around the edge that reminds me of the Valentines we use to create at school when we were kids. Makes me want to go out and buy a roll of crepe paper.

Mug Rug

Here is a link to a PDF you can print. It's a photo tutorial with instructions on how to sew up this fun little mug rug!  Click HERE to download the PDF.... 

Mug Rug

Happy Sewing !!! ooxx`jodi

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Quilts for Gifts Part 3

This quilt was started at the Quilt Bliss Retreat I attended last January in Utah! I bought the fabric at Portland Quilt Market in Spring 2013. It's from the cute girls of ADORNit! 

The pattern is Flower Box from Vanessa of V and Co. ... I LOVE this pattern.  

I knew when I bought this fabric that it would eventually become a quilt for my Daughter-in-Law.... (she's kinda crazy for Owls)... 

Denae Hansen of Plain Jane Quilting did the quilting and it's perfect for this quilt! She did an awesome job.  The pattern is called 'Feather'... 

 I had so much fun sewing up this quilt last year... And I'm so happy to know that more of my family will have quilts from me... 

I'm having fun right now picking patterns for this year's Quilts for Gifts!  Just wish I could share with you! It's so hard for me to keep a secret...

Happy Sewing!!! ooxx`jodi


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